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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated 14 February 2018
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  1. "Research associate, University of Manchester"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible working hours. Freedom to follow interesting research

    Cons

    Advice on career progression is sometimes lacking


  2. "Lab demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Demonstrator in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Demonstrator in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, relaxed environment, good pay

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  3. Helpful (1)

    "uncertainty for staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Great bunch of colleagues to work with. friendly and supportive

    Cons

    Management tend to almost be whispering behind your back. Moral is taking a hit as there is uncertainty about restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    look at staff moral


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  5. "rich resources and opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding academic level, inclusive and open minded, academic atmosphere relaxed, high output efficiency

    Cons

    Administration is a bit confusing and inefficient

    Advice to Management

    supporting team to research can be enhanced


  6. "Chemistry PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great well equipped facilities, friendly work-mates, plenty of support with the research, the opportunity of work placements in industry, the chance to attend conferences and a fun working environment.

    Cons

    Stressful at times with a lot of pressure placed on getting results quickly, also often thrown in at the deep end and working mostly independently which can be disheartening when the project is unsuccessful.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a more balanced work-place with a good work-life balance encouraged and to not place too much pressure on students to meet unreasonable targets which could detract from their overall mental well-being.


  7. "Large/impersonal university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    World class research
    Dedicated students

    Cons

    Impersonal management
    Planned cuts and redundancies for academic staff
    Heavy/hard to navigate administrative process

    Advice to Management

    More independence for research staff/academics
    Encourage discussion between departments/divisions


  8. "Shocking!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Subsidized parking on campus site.

    Cons

    Estates security department managers rule like it's the 1970's. Sexual discrimination, casual racism and bullying of staff is rife. The rule by fear ethos is in full swing and astonishingly illegal investigation processes are the norm. Once you get caught in the fear triangle (the 2 managers and the crooked HR partner) you have no fair or consistent support with anything and then you are out of the door. Recent staff survey revealed that this particular department was so unhappy the university refused to acknowledge it. Training and development is comical. The motto should be "Rule by Fear & Fairness for None".

    Advice to Management

    The entire security department needs looking into and overhauling. The illegal activity on going to this day is disgusting. Sexism, racism and homophobia has absolutely no place in the modern workplace. Sort it out!


  9. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and amazing city.

    Cons

    Student housing is about half an hour away from campus.


  10. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to meet like-minded people. There are opportunities to learn new things and techniques especially if you are doing research.

    Cons

    Management could be better, lack of steering and interaction with staff they manage. Internal politics can sometimes prevail the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees more, try to be more approachable. Listen and hear what is said. Do not shift your responsibility to someone else's shoulders. Lead by example.


  11. "Researcher at the University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -well-funded, large university with many resources
    -good location, generally pleasant place to work
    -good HR support
    -well-established system for relocating employees at the end of their contract/made redundant

    Cons

    -some problems with maintenance/physical infrastructure
    -difficulty getting problems with equipment addressed in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Ensure maintenance on the physical infrastructure is kept on top of, and they have the staff and resources they need.


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